Nov 26, 2014

Anatomy of an Edit No. 6

Here's a quick tutorial that will hopefully inspire you to create your own fantasy images.


© Geri Centonze
Final Photo
The original image below was created using a photo of the sky I shot from an airplane recently. I converted it to black and white using Snapseed and used the Flood Filter app to create the appearance of water.


© Geri Centonze
Original Image
Next, I added the giraffe using the VFX Studio app. I used the eraser tool in VFX Studio to erase a portion of the legs to give the appearance that they were underwater.

© Geri Centonze
VFX Studio Edit
Next, I took the above image into Sketch Club and used a low opacity soft brush and dark gray color to paint shadows along the lower portion of the giraffe's body. I changed the blend mode to Multiply. 

© Geri Centonze
Sketch Club - Painting in Shadows
To create the reflection I took the above image back into VFX Studio and duplicated the giraffe. The app allows for flipping and changing the perspective of an object as well as lowering the opacity and saturation, which I did. This makes the reflection more believable. Technically it should have had ripples in it like the surface of the water and I could have created them with an app that allows me to distort the image. But for this edit, I thought the reflection looked okay.


© Geri Centonze
VFX Studio - Adding a Reflection
To get the blue tones in the sky I used Photo Effect on the above image. I selected one of the filters in the Warm Winter-a category.


© Geri Centonze
Photo Effect to Tone
In the version I did on Instagram of this photo, I originally used InstaSkyCam to change the sky. When I was preparing this tutorial, I realized that the app had drastically reduced the resolution, so for this tutorial I took the above image and added the sky using Alien Sky.


© Geri Centonze
Alien Sky to Change the Sky
Next, using one of my go-to apps, Stackables, I added a bit of texture to the above image.


© Geri Centonze
Texturizing with Stackables
I wanted a softer look, so the final step was accomplished by taking the above image into PhotoToaster and using the Soft Focus Preset in the Supreme set.


© Geri Centonze
Final touches with PhotoToaster
Here's a video which shows the workflow at a glance.




Apps Mentioned:
Snapseed
Flood Filter for Water Reflections
VFX Studio
Sketch Club
Photo Effect
Alien Sky
Stackables
PhotoToaster

Jerzy Jachym - Featured Mobile Photographer

© Jerzy Jachym
What is your name and where do you live?
JJ:  My name is Jerzy Jachym. I live and work in Przeworsk, a small town in southeastern Poland.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?
JJ:  I began my mobile photography adventure a year ago. In December 2013 I won a smartphone on a television contest. I had a lot of free time since I had just lost my job, so I was able to do a lot of photography. For a few months I used the HTC One. Currently, I use only the iPhone 5s to photography and the iPad Air to edit. 

© Jerzy Jachym




© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?
JJ:  From my school days, I was interested in photography. I photographed my family a lot. I've never had any formal training as a photographer and learned from the internet and magazines. 


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

Who or what inspires you?
JJ:  I'm interested in creative photography, surrealism, photography black and white, street photography, portraits and reportage. I love the work of Jason Peterson, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Tomasz Gudzowaty, Anton Corbijn and recently Vivian Maier.


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

Do you plan your shoots with an end in mind or do you shoot and decide later as you edit?
JJ:  I try to shoot every day. I take a lot of pictures, many of them get rejected from the very beginning. Others I keep to edit later.  I try to observe the surroundings, looking for interesting subjects and objects. 


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym


I really love your latest series of images with the light bulbs! Please share a bit about the process you use to edit them.
JJ:  A lot of my work is graphic design. An example is the series of works with incandescent bulbs. The main app used for this series was Adobe Photoshop Touch. I also used the application: Union, Snapseed and Repix. The bulbs are very beautiful objects and I imagined that each may be a separate, closed world. Every one has its own distinct history.


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym


What photo are you most proud of and why?
JJ:  My favorite photograph shows the silhouette of a man walking behind his shadow. This was created quite by accident and exemplifies both my interest in street photography and the possibilities offered with editing. Photography, which I like very much is showing the silhouette of a man walking behind his shadow. 


© Jerzy Jachym

What is your favorite app?
JJ:  My favorite application is "Union". It is a very good tool to work with multiple layers (also transparent). Particularly important is the fact that the results are high resolution. Using "Union" can create a combination of multiple images, create photo double exposures. You can also remove unnecessary background. I really enjoy working with this application.

Have you ever sold or exhibited your work? If not, any plans for the future?
JJ:  I try to present my work on the Internet at many sites, including those where you can buy them and have also participated in many competitions. I am interested in new applications and am always looking for reviews of the latest. Along with posting my work on social sites, I also run a photo blog at Tumblr. 


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym

What advice would you give mobile photographers just starting out?
JJ:  To all those who are beginning to take photos, remember that a good photography does not have to be taken with a ​​very expensive and a professional camera. The most important thing is the joy and satisfaction we receive from doing what we love!


© Jerzy Jachym

© Jerzy Jachym


Find Jerzy: Tumblr / Twitter / Flickr / EyeEm / Instagram / Facebook / 500px

Apps Mentioned:
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Union
Snapseed 
Repix



Nov 25, 2014

NEM V-Ex The Consciousness of Water by Robin Robertis

Please visit the current virtual exhibit at the New Era Museum. The NEM V-Ex is featuring The Consciousness of Water by Robin Robertis.
"Robin Robertis travels the world to capture unique and emotionally compelling images and currently uses a variety of processing iPhone apps to create her finished work.   
As a recognized artist in the field of mobile imagery, she creates artwork that invokes deep emotional and magical places found only the unconscious dreams of those who dare to peek behind the curtain of day-to-day life."
Read more and experience the exhibit by visiting the NEM website.




Nov 24, 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 40

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” 
~Pablo Picasso

Here is the 40th Edition of the Mob Paint Showcase. The Mob Paint Flickr Group is a group for mobile artists who create using their smartphone, tablet or other mobile device and edit in a painterly fashion. There are no strict guidelines other than the image should suggest to the viewer that it could be a photo or a painting. When possible please include the apps used for editing in the "Description" section on Flickr. 

Any style is welcome - abstract, realism, surrealism, etc. Have fun and join us!

Don't Miss Your Life © Louise Whiting
Don't Miss Your Life © Louise Whiting

Nov 23, 2014

Announcing Art of Mob Instagram Challenge - Nature

The theme for this week's Instagram challenge is nature. Mobile photographs only - edit in any style. Tag your images #aom_nature. The showcase will be on Sunday, November 30th.




Instagram Challenge Showcase - Motion

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life". 
~ William Harrison Faulkner

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Motion Challenge on Instagram. Please take a moment to view all of the entires #aom_motion hashtag. 


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